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- From Remedy, the masters of cinematic action, comes a 3rd person action game filled with overwhelming odds
- Alan Wake is like a tightly paced thriller TV series, offering endless twists and cliffhangers, and building up to an epic conclusion.
- Light is your greatest weapon and only protection as dark¬ness takes over everything and everyone, and turns them against you.
- Episodic narrative
- Suspenseful and gripping storyline
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When the wife of the best-selling writer Alan Wake disappears on their vacation, his search turns up pages from a thriller he doesn’t even remember writing. A dark presence stalks the small town of Bright Falls, Washington pushing Wake to the brink of sanity in his fight to unravel the mystery and save the woman he loves. With the body of an action game and the mind of a psychological thriller, Alan Wake is a pulse-pounding thrill ride.
Alan Wake, developed by Remedy Entertainment for the Xbox 360, is psychological action thriller that incorporates the elements of a TV show with the interactivity of a video game for a uniquely immersive experience. A suspenseful story told in successive episodes, this release will treat players to top-notch graphics that give the game a stunning cinematic look.
Alan Wake is a bestselling horror novelist who moved to the small town of Bright Falls, Washington after suffering from insomnia and depression. Wake is able to sleep again, but after he meets a mysterious woman, he begins to have terrible nightmares. As he puts these nightmares on paper for a new book, he soon notices that all the things that happen in his book are coming true right before his eyes.
Using cinematic effects and technology such as real-time lighting, shadows and reflections, you'll be treated to a game that is oozing with atmosphere and able to invoke an emotional response from the player. The realistic environment features real-time weather and light changes that effect the game play for a remarkably immersive experience.
Explore an Entire Town
The town of Bright Falls is 100 square kilometers, and players will be able to roam through this incredibly detailed area any way they like, roaming the town or wandering out to the lakes, forest, satellite towns, and more. The game gives the player goals, but how he chooses to go about completing them is up to him. Clues are scattered throughout the town, and solving mysteries will require players to pay close attention to the little details.
In addition to solving puzzles and exploration, the game also pushes players into serious action and combat; when night comes, creatures will take their best shots at Alan, and you'll have to be quick with strategy as well as weapons to beat them back.
Alan Wake presents an unusual and new gaming experience that features a riveting, multi-layered story while giving the player the ability to freely roam a giant environment. It supports Dolby Digital sound.
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Update- After playing through the whole game, I changed my score from a 4 to a 5. This is a wonderful game and I love it. I just wish it'd come out on PS3 so my friends that don't have a 360 could play it but I know the company has no plans to do so.
- A Nice Cast of Characters - All of the characters in Alan Wake are interesting, including Wake himself.
- A Well Realized World - Whether you're in the Brightfalls Diner or roaming the Brightfalls dark and foggy woods at night, the world that Remedy has created for Alan Wake is oozing with atmosphere. Top notch.
- Excellent Voice Acting - Each character has a voice that matches their model perfectly. It all feels very natural, nothing feels forced.
- The Storyline - Unlike other games, in Alan Wake you're a writer whose going through marriage issues and other pretty awful things. Add to all of this the fact that your spooky stories have mixed with reality and you're in for one heck of a ride.
- Simple Gameplay With a Twist - Alan Wake is at its heart a third-person shooter, but it mixes light into the equation to make it go beyond the norm. Your flashlight, and other light sources around the environment, is a necessary tool if you want to survive this tale.
- Graphics - Nice lighting, nicely detailed environments, etc. It looks great.
- Some Minor Repetition - Most of the combat is the same, so it does become a little bit repetitious at times.
- Wonky Animations and Lip Sync - Some of the characters could've animated better during cutscenes.
Other than a few minor complaints, Alan Wake is easily one of my favorite games I've ever played. I highly recommend this one.
The negatives are few: It feels like they were trying to stretch to a certain number of hours of gameplay. Like everyone else, I like more gameplay for my dollar. I just like it to be real game play and not filler. After about half way through, it seems like they started jamming in repetitive content (kill the same things in the same forests; rinse and repeat) just to pad out the game. This slows the story down just a little too much toward the end. The other problem is with the story's ultimate destination. It's a great ride up until the final moments, when it concludes with an unsatisfying event that leaves more questions than answers. Not "questions to be answered next time", but "how could someone have possibly known to do that?" questions.
It's a solid game that I would like to see more of - and the end does set it up for a sequel. I'm concerned that the low sales numbers may prevent this from happening. If you find it discounted at half price, it'd be a steal. If you enjoy games with a story and want to try something a little different than everything else you've tried, this is absolutely worth your time.